Is loyalty really a thing to die for? Sir Patrick Spens and Bonnie George Campbell Sure did think so in the two poems they were a part of The term loyalty means to be faithful and true to anything one is a part of Both Sir Patrick Spens and Bonnie George Campbell exemplify this trait. This trait of loyalty makes these two characters similar in their poems. They are similar in ways such as how they both have to go on missions, both are leaving something behind, and both are skilled at what they do. The situations Sir Patrick Spens and Bonnie George Campbell are involved in, along with the loyalty each exemplifies teach important lessons in the poems. This lesson is the ironic outcome of loyalty. Sir Patrick Spens’ and Bonnie George Campbell’s similarities in that they both have to go on missions, both are leaving something behind them, and both are skilled at what they do relates to their loyalty and the ironic outcome of this loyalty.
Sir Patrick Spens and Bonnie George Campbell decided to go on missions in which they knew there was a good chance they would never come back. This is shown in “Sir Patrick Spens” by what the poem says referring to Sir Patrick Spens’ reaction to a letter he receives that tells him that he has to go on this mission. The poem says about his reaction:
The first line that Sir Patrick red,
A loud lauch launched he,
The next line that Sir Patrick red,
The teir blined his ee. ( I 1- 16)
Although Patrick was very sad about having to go on his mission, he still went to be loyal to his king. -The same situation occurred with Bonnie George Campbell in his poem. It can be inferred by the way he says good bye to his mother and bride that he is sad to leave and that he knows he may never come back. George still goes on his mission because he feels he needs to be loyal to his country when they need him in this time of war.
Sir Patrick Spens and Bonnie George Campbell were both leaving something behind to go on their missions so they can be loyal to their king and country Bonnie George Campbell leaves his family behind him to go on this mission as shown by these lines:
Essay About Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
The Importance of Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
Homer’s Iliad was a tragedy illustrating the despair and useless suffering associated with war. Homer’s Odyssey was an epic tale of long suffering resolving in triumph. Though there were a great many differences between the two works, there was an underlying theme of love which ran through both. Not just the physical manifestation of infatuation, but the kind of love that makes one willing to die for another
The events portrayed in the Iliad were set in motion by love. Paris’ love for Helen and her love for Paris, resulting in Helen deserting Menelaus and leaving with Paris for Troy. Helen, consumed by her love, leaves for Troy with “no thought for her child or husband.” Menelaus’ love for Helen drives him to raise an army of thousands and lay siege to Troy to recover her. Thousands of young men from both sides of the struggle, Troy and Argos, died. The result was a ten year siege of Troy finally resulting in the plunder of the city, the women of troy being enslaved, and all of the men being slaughtered. Patroclus, Achilles, and Hector, all dead for the sake of Helen. Achilles withdraws from battle because he loves Briseis, the favorite of all the women captured in battle, and refuses to return until she is recovered. Achilles returns to battle in order to revenge Patroclus, but not until after Briseis is returned to him in the same condition in which she was taken. It is apparent, I grant, that after the death of Patroclus, the motivations in the Iliad quickly turned to revenge as is demonstrated by Achilles proclamation to Hector – “Would to god my rage, my fury would drive me now to hack your flesh away and eat you raw…!” These are the words of a man driven by revenge, but isn’t revenge, in this case, motivated by love – Achilles love of Patroclus?
While the events of the Odyssey were different from those of the Iliad, they were, none the less, driven by love. The suitors love for Penelope, Odysseus’ love for Penelope, and Odysseus’ love for his home, are all examples of the motivations in the Odyssey. Odysseus’ love for his wife, his home, and his son were so deep that he gave up becoming immortal to continue his quest for them.